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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS OREGON'S SUICIDE LAW
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Posted on 01/17/2006 7:07:26 AM PST by SoFloFreeper

BREAKING ON THE AP WIRE:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has upheld Oregon's one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.


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1 posted on 01/17/2006 7:07:27 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Oregon's one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.
Justices, on a 6-3 vote, said the 1997 Oregon law used to end the lives of more than 200 seriously ill people trumped federal authority to regulate doctors.


2 posted on 01/17/2006 7:08:30 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

How did Roberts vote?


3 posted on 01/17/2006 7:08:57 AM PST by loreldan (Lincoln, Reagan, & G. W. Bush - the cure for Democrat lunacy.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Sounds like Kervorkian is a free man...


4 posted on 01/17/2006 7:09:30 AM PST by djf (Bush wants to make Iraq like America. Solution: Send all illegal immigrants to Iraq!)
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To: loreldan

No word on the vote yet...stand by.


5 posted on 01/17/2006 7:09:36 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: loreldan

That's what I want to know. Who voted how?


6 posted on 01/17/2006 7:09:41 AM PST by demkicker
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To: SoFloFreeper

Who are the three? Scalia, Thomas, Roberts?


7 posted on 01/17/2006 7:09:41 AM PST by old and tired (Run Swannie, run!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

And the culture of death continues its slow march forward.


8 posted on 01/17/2006 7:11:22 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: old and tired

Don't know...when it crosses, I'll let you know.


9 posted on 01/17/2006 7:11:37 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
6-3 vote

How did that happen when there are only 8 members currently sitting on the Supreme Court?

10 posted on 01/17/2006 7:12:23 AM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide

O'Connor hasn't officially retired yet.


11 posted on 01/17/2006 7:13:03 AM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: SolidSupplySide

I think O'Connor is staying on until her replacement is seated.


12 posted on 01/17/2006 7:13:09 AM PST by old and tired (Run Swannie, run!)
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To: SolidSupplySide

o'connor is still there until alito is installed.


13 posted on 01/17/2006 7:13:14 AM PST by philsfan24
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To: SolidSupplySide

Sandy's still hanging on


14 posted on 01/17/2006 7:13:14 AM PST by drella8566
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To: SolidSupplySide

I think O'Connor is still on. She doesn't officially leave until someone replaces her.


15 posted on 01/17/2006 7:13:21 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The God-given, unalienable right to life is dead in America.

The horrors to follow will not be pretty...


16 posted on 01/17/2006 7:13:31 AM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: old and tired

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Oregon's one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.
Justices, on a 6-3 vote, said the 1997 Oregon law used to end the lives of more than 200 seriously ill people trumped federal authority to regulate doctors.
That means the administration improperly tried to use a federal drug law to prosecute Oregon doctors who prescribe overdoses. Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft vowed to do that in 2001, saying that doctor-assisted suicide is not a "legitimate medical purpose."
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the federal government does, indeed, have the authority to go after drug dealers and pass rules for health and safety.
But Oregon's law covers only extremely sick people -- those with incurable diseases, whom at least two doctors agree have six months or less to live and are of sound mind.


17 posted on 01/17/2006 7:13:35 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SolidSupplySide
I believe O'Connor said she would stay active until her replacement was confirmed.

18 posted on 01/17/2006 7:14:31 AM PST by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

this is a matter for the states


19 posted on 01/17/2006 7:15:12 AM PST by greasepaint
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To: djf

Kevorkian is jailed in Michigan.


20 posted on 01/17/2006 7:15:15 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: SoFloFreeper
Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

More devastating than a tsunami, more tragic than a Hurricane, more destructive than a Earthquake.

Be AFFRAID, be very affraid.

21 posted on 01/17/2006 7:15:31 AM PST by Falcon4.0
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To: EternalVigilance
as I said on the other thread, we are on the slippery slope as this country moves fast to the left.

Not much that can stop it now as we meld further into one global economy/order.

22 posted on 01/17/2006 7:16:21 AM PST by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: greasepaint
this is a matter for the states

I wonder if the same rationale will be used in abortion cases.

23 posted on 01/17/2006 7:16:39 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: SoFloFreeper

Who determines the suicide??? The patient, patient's family, or the doctor???


24 posted on 01/17/2006 7:16:42 AM PST by Iscool (Start your own revolution by voting for the candidates the media (and gov't) tells you cannot win.)
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To: PaxMacian; WindMinstrel; philman_36; headsonpikes; cryptical; vikzilla; Quick1; gdani; ...

So a doctor can help a patient die with lethal drugs, but can't help a patient live with medical marijuana. Go figure.


25 posted on 01/17/2006 7:17:28 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Mr. Brightside
I wonder if the same rationale will be used in abortion cases.

in a word, yes.
26 posted on 01/17/2006 7:17:37 AM PST by piperpilot
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To: loreldan

Roberts was in the dissent.


27 posted on 01/17/2006 7:18:35 AM PST by AntiGuv (™)
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To: greasepaint
this is a matter for the states

The right to life is no more a 'matter for the states' than religious liberty, freedom of speech or assembly or any other fundamental God-given right that is spelled out in the Bill of Rights.

Our legal and political leaders have come loose from all of the most important moral moorings.

28 posted on 01/17/2006 7:18:54 AM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: old and tired
YOU WERE RIGHT!

"The authority desired by the government is inconsistent with the design of the statute in other fundamental respects. The attorney general does not have the sole delegated authority under the (law)," Kennedy wrote for himself, retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer. Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented.

29 posted on 01/17/2006 7:19:03 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

"One-of-a-kind" suicide law. Not for long.


30 posted on 01/17/2006 7:19:44 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: Wolfie

True.

And by the way, there is a vast difference between the parts of Oregon law that let a terminally ill person make their own free choice to end it all, and the laws that let a pregnant woman kill her child on a mere whim.


31 posted on 01/17/2006 7:19:46 AM PST by hunter112 (Total victory at home and in the Middle East!)
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To: EternalVigilance

I agree EV!!!!!! This is absolutely devastating! OUr supreme court has just ruled Euthanasia is legal! We are going to hell and fast!


32 posted on 01/17/2006 7:19:50 AM PST by Halls (Dallas County, Texas, but my heart is in East Texas!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

So much for the lock-step Catholic voting block.


Kennedy's an asshat.


33 posted on 01/17/2006 7:20:14 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Admin Moderator
The promised link: http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/politics/13645354.htm

Please put in the header. :)

34 posted on 01/17/2006 7:20:27 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: hunter112

Not so vast as you claim.


35 posted on 01/17/2006 7:21:01 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: AntiGuv
That, at least, is good.
36 posted on 01/17/2006 7:21:06 AM PST by loreldan (Lincoln, Reagan, & G. W. Bush - the cure for Democrat lunacy.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Roberts passes first "conservative test" as Chief Justice.


37 posted on 01/17/2006 7:21:30 AM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Wolfie
And doctors are afraid to proscribe pain killers that actually kill pain, even when the patient is terminal, because the feds will run them through a microscope. Keep figuring.

38 posted on 01/17/2006 7:21:32 AM PST by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: Petronski
Ach! "Voting block" should have been voting bloc.
39 posted on 01/17/2006 7:21:50 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
This ruling will set the stage for the euthanizing of the baby boomer's once they become to big of a burden on their families.
40 posted on 01/17/2006 7:22:07 AM PST by conservative physics
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To: Falcon4.0

Kennedy is the going to be the killer on that court.

I hate to say it but he is even worse than O'Connor.

Kennedy has moved even farther left in recent years.

Reagan should have picked another conservative after bork instead of picking that liberal kennedy from the 9th circuit.


Didn't even have to be someone as great as bork. Just a conservative.


41 posted on 01/17/2006 7:22:14 AM PST by johnmecainrino
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To: greasepaint
this is a matter for the states

Ok, state law trumps federal law if it is to kill human life, but state law does NOT trump federal law if it is to save human life.

Man, O man.

42 posted on 01/17/2006 7:22:23 AM PST by houeto (Mr. President, close our borders now!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

So does this mean attempted suicide would no longer be against the law? Obviously if someone actually commits suicide, it would be a moot point.


43 posted on 01/17/2006 7:23:26 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: houeto

That sums it up: the more disposable human life can become, the more liberals/Democrats celebrate. They must be partying big time at DNC.


44 posted on 01/17/2006 7:24:37 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: johnmecainrino

If Stevens and Ginsberg would resign in the next couple of months, it wouldn't really matter if Kennedy became a member of the Communist party. The amount of damage he could do would be severely limited.


45 posted on 01/17/2006 7:24:58 AM PST by old and tired (Run Swannie, run!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Even had Alito been seated, the decision would have been the same, but 5-4.


46 posted on 01/17/2006 7:25:05 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: EternalVigilance
I do question where the federal government has authority in this area. I'll be interested in reading the dissent, as Justice Thomas especially is usually suspicious of vague claims of federal authority.

This is a horrible law, but I have long thought the way to overturn it is to take it to the voters again after a lengthy period of voter education.

47 posted on 01/17/2006 7:25:28 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: mlc9852

Before you know it suicides, assisted suicides will be happening more and no one will do anything about it!


48 posted on 01/17/2006 7:25:51 AM PST by Halls (Dallas County, Texas, but my heart is in East Texas!)
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To: SoFloFreeper; oregon; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; ...

Oregon Ping

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Oregon Ping List.

49 posted on 01/17/2006 7:26:58 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Sounds like the right decision to me.


50 posted on 01/17/2006 7:27:13 AM PST by Gone GF
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